Alnwick and District Camera Club

WORLD TOUR: Members of Alnwick and District Camera Club met for the first time in 2012 on a dark and stormy evening.

Our guest speaker and club member Ian Cartwright FRPS whisked us half way across the world as he talked about his recent visits to the Lembae Straights and Raja Ampat in Indonesia.

His special interest is underwater photography at the highest level and we were treated to images of the most exotic and flamboyant fish, sea slugs, octopuses, shrimps and sea urchins. Some of these could camouflage themselves, mimic others and change shape. We saw shrimps that could punch, fish that could poison you and all accompanied by Ian’s extensive knowledge of their names and habits.

Raja Ampat is known for its coral and large variety of fish. He talked of the soft corals which could pump themselves up for filtration feeding and others that only came out at night. He had many images of bat fish, sweet lips and jack fish.

His camera work was able to encompass sea horses as small as four millimetres to manta rays of 12 feet and upwards.

His last images dazzled us with an array of beautiful sunsets. But, we had to come back to Alnwick and a torrential downpour and gale force winds.